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Unread 01-19-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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One of my biggest phobias is having to go food shopping. I avoid it at all costs. I also hate having to eat in public. I deal with an eating disorder and my Fear is that just being in a good store is going to make me gain weight and if your crafty enough to get me in a restataunt I am afraid everyone is watching me eat and thinking what a pig. I've has total breakdowns on grocery stores and don't go for months at a time. My t says it's totLly irrAtional.
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I understand your situation but being in a grocery store isn't going to make you gain weight.

Maybe in the future, you can do breathing sessions before you go to one the next time.
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It sounds to me that your fear of supermarkets could be part of your eating disorder. As you are with a therapist it might be worth while suggesting to him to take one of your sessions to a small supermarket or shop when you are ready for it.

It is very common for sufferers of eating disorders to have irrational thoughts so you are not on your own.

Maybe if you tried just going to the supermarket for short periods of time, maybe with a friend or family member? There are alternative ways of getting food shopping done but I am purposely trying not to suggest any as I think it would feed into your fear.
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I understand your fear of going grocery shopping ( although for me any type of big shopping ) but in a different way.

My abuse has left me with PTSD, thus a massive sense of hyper vigilance and paranoia. I feel like everyone around me is going to attack me. And I hate shopping because I feel so guilty about spending any money.

You can work your way through this.
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I don't mind grocery shopping, quite enjoy it actually but find if the store is really crowded that my breathing becomes rapid, my hands become clammy, I start shaking and generally feel as though I am going to have a melt down. Fortunately this hasn't happened since I started meds a couple of months back.
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Dining out in grocery shop should be a pleasant experience normally.Do not mind what other people think about you.And think of actively hold your body calm. Take deep breaths and loosen up tense muscles. Divert yourself from your dreadful thoughts about others. by concentrating on the décor of the restaurant and the delightness of being with your fellow diners.
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